According to YouTube’s “YouTube Rewind: The Shape of 2017” video, this was a year full of holding hands, dancing and laughter. The recap video was uploaded to YouTube yesterday (Dec. 6) and for five minutes, we are taken on an Alice in Wonderland trip.
We start in the galaxy, where the sun and moon are close to overlapping — shaped like the two backward arrows associated with the rewind symbol. “Welcome back to YouTube Rewind,” The Late Show host Stephen Colbert says. “We’ve got two special guests with us. OK, Lele and Liza, tell me about 2017.”
Lele Pons and Liza Koshy (who have approximately 18.8 million YouTube subscribers combined) give each other a look that initiates a compilation of the year’s biggest staples. Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee‘s “Despacito” plays in the background as we see Fonsi standing on top of a Manhattan building. He slaps the camera away, which turns it into a fidget spinner that is calibrated to Kendrick Lamar‘s “HUMBLE.”
Throughout the video, other songs featured are “I’m The One” by DJ Khaled featuring Chance the Rapper, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne and Quavo, “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran and “Stay” by Zedd & Alessia Cara.
At one point, the arrow-shaped sun and moon overlap — signifying Aug. 21’s total solar eclipse — and act together as a television screen for a number of the tragic headlines from the year, including the Route 91 Festival mass shooting in Las Vegas on Oct. 1, the devastating hurricanes that hit the U.S., the Caribbean and Puerto Rico.
After a rooftop party DJed by Marshmello, we’re taken back to where we started with Colbert asking (understandably) distracted Lele and Liza to tell him about 2017. They simply say, flustered, “It was good.”
To see all of the “nearly 300 creators, viral stars, musicians, and surprise guests from over 20 countries” in the video, click here.
Watch 2017 — well, YouTube’s version of it — below: